By Danny Wright

9th Oct, 2017 | 11:44am

Liverpool player named as one of first Balon d'Or 2017 nominees

By Danny Wright

Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho has been confirmed as one of the first 10 nominees for the 2017 Balon d’Or award.

France Football announced on their official Twitter account on Monday that Coutinho, 25, was one of the first nominees to be revealed for this year’s prestigious award after a stunning year at Anfield.

France Football ended their partnership with FIFA over the Balon d’Or award in 2015 and the list of nominees are now solely chosen by journalists, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi winning the last nine awards between them.

The rest of the nominees will be announced throughout Monday with Neymar, Luis Suarez, N’Golo Kante and Luka Modric among those that have already been revealed by France Football on Twitter.

Coutinho has been in scintillating form for Liverpool and has understandably started attracting attention from some of the European elite with multiple bids coming in from Barcelona for him in the summer.

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However Jurgen Klopp managed to keep hold of the Brazil international, who has scored three goals in six appearances across all competitions this season since returning from a supposed back injury following the summer transfer saga.

The ex-Inter Milan playmaker was in top form towards the end of last campaign, finishing the term with a goal tally of 14 in 36 appearances.

In other Liverpool news, Kevin Keegan has made a bizarre claim about the Reds’ defence.

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